As I work on an instrument to assess an upcoming pilot’s impact on learning, I’m reminded of my long-held position about this (wish I could find the ol’ post) when I’m asked about technology and learning. Instead of trying to measure the impact of technology on learning, I believe we should measure the impact of technology based upon why we brought it into the learning environment.
For example, wikis are usually brought into the classroom to promote collaboration. Therefore, I wouldn’t try to measure the impact of wikis on learning. I’d attempt to measure the impact of wikis on collaboration. Correlation? Causation?
There are certainly flaws here that those interested in research are quickly able to identify. But I recently read Why Tablets Are Important for Educating Our Children and I’m reminded of another flaw: not valuing the simple yet powerful opinion of the teacher.